Youth Conservation Corps


Maintenance and Visitor Service Unit

Parks require a variety of skills to make them special places- not just outdoor green skills- but also business, customer service, and recreational skills. The Maintenance and Visitor (MAVS) unit is a park-based summer employment opportunity that allows participants to meet a variety of needs in parks while learning new skills. MAVS serve in a specific Park in specific assignments to help ensure safe, accessible recreation and education opportunities for park visitors. Corps members receive training for their assignment which may include business skills, park recreation activities, trail maintenance, environmental stewardship and conservation and will apply these practices in daily dealing with park visitors and staff. Applicants need to be ready to put others’ interests before their own, learn and support their peers’ learning, participate as a positive team member, work hard, and to lead by example. The rewards are great! You will serve in some of Delaware’s most treasured areas, learn about yourself and grow personally and professionally.

Park Corps assignments are developed with each of the participating Delaware State Parks. In addition to work assignments, team building activities, such as zip lining and educational/service opportunities, are built into the program to provide Corps members with a well-rounded experience.

** This is a park based summer job; participants will work hard, sometimes in difficult conditions including heat, and mosquitoes and flies.

MAVS: New Castle Team

MAVS: Kent or Sussex Teams


How Will I Serve?

Focused on park needs, Corps members work in a specific park conducting work under the supervision of the park professional staff. Work will be focused on providing services to help ensure safe, accessible opportunities for visitors in either Visitor Services or Grounds/Environmental Stewardship positions.

Visitor Services Job assignments include customer service work in a Park Boat Houses, Offices, Camp ground retail outlets, Fee Booths, or other park service areas.

Grounds / Environmental Stewardship positions may include physical work assisting on the Park grounds crew or as a member of the park environmental stewardship team, or help conduct other park specific tasks.

Work shirts, protective equipment and tools will be provided. Participants will work alongside our professional staff. In addition to work activities, Corps members participate in on-going training and outdoor/ environmental awareness activities, including recreational activities on select days with all DSPYCC members.

What Will I Do?

Assists with providing services in parks on one of 2 corps:

Visitor Service
Members may work in Park Boat Houses, Offices, Camp ground retail Outlets, Fee Booths, or other park service areas. Duties may include:

• Providing customer service
• Conducting transactions and handling of cash
• Use of business and office machines
• Providing instruction to visitors
• Lifting, bending, carrying
• Inventory and stocking
Grounds and Environmental Stewardship: members may work on park environmental stewardship teams, trails or grounds and facility maintenance crews. Duties may include:
• Assist with native and invasive plant survey and identification
• Conduct invasive control by mechanical removal and, as possible, chemical application of invasive plants
• Trail Maintenance and possible trail reconstruction/ constructions projects.
• Litter cleanup
• Assist with grounds work throughout the park, including planting, mowing, weeding
• Facility maintenance and cleaning

Other projects may include:
• Historic building maintenance/ preservation
• Special events set up, logistics, station assistance, and tear down
• Other duties as assigned

Environmental Awareness and Growth

As a core component of the program, all Corps members will participate in on-going and regular environmental education and awareness programs and learnings, including:

• Conservation Practices Training
• Trails Maintenance Techniques Training
• Plant Identification Training
• Environmental on-going training opportunities, and working outside

Members will participate in Corps gatherings, to learn together and experience outdoor opportunities, including:

• Go-Ape Zip Line activity at Lums Pond State Park
• Beach Day at Cape Henlopen State Park
• End of Program Celebration

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